(Photo credits: LM Otero/AP Photo)
The Western Michigan Broncos came into this game versus the Wisconsin Badgers riding a perfect season, 13-0 and also came in with one of the best WR’s in this years draft class in Corey Davis. The Wisconsin Badgers came into this game with a full head of steam after an embarrassing loss to Penn State and it really showed.
The Badgers QB duo of Bart Houston and Alex Hornibrook went for a combined 13/14 passing with 178 yards and a touchdown. Houston threw for 159 of those 178 yards while Hornibrook collected the one touchdown pass. Hornibrook and Houston found their “ol reliable” in Troy Fumagalli 6 times for 83 yards and his Hornibrook’s lone touchdown was thrown to Fumagalli. Fumagalli looked impressive like he has all season with the Badgers including a very sweet one handed catch over the middle of the field and his touchdown reception was a leaping catch over a Western Michigan defender.
Wisconsin’s offense wasn’t the only thing running on full steam today, The Badgers defense had the huge task of stopping Corey Davis who is expected to be a high draft pick and was one of the best in college football all season. The Badgers shut out Davis so well that Fumagalli had a better day than Davis. Davis had 6 receptions for 73 yards and a touchdown which Davis pulled the ball out in front of two Badger defenders. The Badgers held Western Michigan to 16 points.. to tell you how good that is, the least amount of points WM has put up this season is 22, the most they have put up in 70. In terms of strength of schedule throughout the season the Broncos ranked at 86th with a -5.6 rating, the Badgers rank 7th on that list with a 9.3 rating.
In their final games as seniors the bruising Badger tailback duo of Corey Clement and Dare Ogunbowale 2 touchdowns, 1 each. The Wisconsin running game was a mix bag of different players as 3 different running backs touched the ball (Clement, Ogunbowale and Deal) 2 wide receivers (Peavy and Cephus) and the fullback Austin Ramesh all had carries. The only player who didn’t touch the ball in this game is running back Braderick Shaw which isn’t a surprise because he a freshman who will have many of bowl game oppurtunities to show his skills.
The Badgers defense played really well as they only allowed 16 points and they ended with 2 sacks (Biegel and Watt) and TJ Edwards made the biggest play of the game as he jumped in front of a Zach Terrell pass which swung the momentum the Badgers way which led to Fumagalli’s leaping touchdown pictured above.
The Badgers first appearance in the Cotton Bowl turned out to be a good one for all Badger fans across the country and all of the seniors leaving at the end of the season were able to leave on a good note by holding a championship trophy.